Client service, integrity and trust, an entrepreneurial spirit, civic duty and long-range commitment are core values of Foster Pepper and the values that drive professional development for our attorneys. We are determined to achieve and maintain professional excellence and a commitment to client service throughout the firm and to promote a culture and community of continual training and learning to preserve that excellence.
Our Professional Development Committee is led by attorneys Laura Karassik and Lee Marchisio, and includes members, of counsel and associates from a broad range of firm practices, as well as staff members of the firm's Recruiting and Marketing departments. The Professional Development Committee collaborates with others in the firm to reach the goal of making Foster Pepper a place where bright, dynamic attorneys want to work and want to remain. The committee works to create an open dialogue between the various levels of experience to create opportunities to learn from each other and develops trainings for attorneys at all levels of practice.
The Professional Development Committee is committed to providing efficient, high-quality and demand-driven training opportunities. The Committee creates internal and external skill-based workshops and programs that cater to the varied demands of our lawyers, including practice-specific trainings, writing, negotiations, public speaking, business development, technology, and ongoing specialized skills.
Recent trainings include:
- Board Service
- Building Your Professional Network
- Business Etiquette
- Managing Your Online Presence
- Presentation Skills
- Negotiation Strategies
Foster Pepper believes in the power of thoughtful mentoring. Mentoring efforts are designed to be personalized, mapping to a mentee’s experience level, skill set, career goals, backgrounds, interests and professional development goals.
Mentorship among attorneys is key to the success of each attorney at Foster Pepper, whether it is through informal relationships or our Attorney Mentoring Program. Through Foster Pepper’s Attorney Mentoring Program, the Professional Development Committee selects members, senior associates and of counsel attorneys to serve as formal mentors to assigned associates and of counsel attorneys, typically for a one year period.